Cartwright will give them every opportunity. Provided they can stay in shape and out of foul trouble, each could see 30 minutes or more of playing time every game. Curry should be the team's primary post-up option—the role the team sees him in for the next decade—and Chandler its best defensive player. Asked about this meshing of talents, Curry smiles and looks over at Chandler. "I guess some people are skilled offensively, some defensively," he says. "But together we got defense and offense."
Tyson nods. "Com-bi-na-tion, baby."
"Yup," says Curry. "We a combination."
"Like shrimp fried rice."
"Like peanut butter and jelly."
"Give me the number four combo plate!"
And on they go, gleefully rattling off analogies, the future of the Bulls still rooted squarely in the present.
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